Armadale in West Lothian developed in the 19th century as a mining town with coal and ironstone and quarrying of limestone and brick clay. The town was developed by Lord Armadale from Sutherland. Steel and bricks were manufactured. It remains an industrial town although many current residents are commuters.
This type of large town is extremely mixed in terms of demographics. There is a particularly wide range of people, housing and activities. The number of older couples with no children is higher than average. There is a mix of professional and non-professional jobs, and part-time and self-employment are both important for a significant proportion of residents. Socioeconomic status is higher than in other kinds of town and there is a mix of professionals and nonprofessionals, those with higher and lower educational attainment.
Armadale is an interdependent town.